"Supergirl" Casts its Lucy Lane
Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.
This week’s store is Emerald City Comics, located at 4902 113th Ave. N. in Clearwater, Florida. We spoke with general manager Chad Rivard.
Funko has unveiled a new series of Pop! Heroes vinyl figures inspired by the video game Batman: Arkham Knight.
Debuting in September, the line will feature Batman, Harley Quinn, Scarecrow and, of course, Arkham Knight. Whether additional figures will be released remains to be seen.
Funko may have saved the best for last, concluding 10 waves of Comic-Con International exclusives with the debut of the first toys tied to next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
They’re a Pop! Heroes two-pack, featuring bobblehead figures of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel (the former with a Batarang, the latter in flight). Funko isn’t offering a preorder option this year, so collectors will have to wait in line at the convention, and hope supplies hold out.
Agent Carter fans will have to wait until early 2016 for the continued adventures of everyone’s favorite Strategic Scientific Reserve agent, but only until August to get their hands on the Pop! Marvel Peggy Carter figure.
Funko has unveiled the 3.75-inch bobble-head, which strikes a formidable pose, complete with sharp blue suit, red fedora and vial of Steve Rogers’ blood. Hopefully Howard Stark and Edwin Jarvis will follow.
Funko, always at the ready with Marvel movie merchandise, has revealed its Pop! Vinyl figures of Ant-Man and his nemesis Yellowjacket from the upcoming film.
The company also announced Ant-Man Wacky Wobblers, which are those bobblehead statues, but no images are available. Both lines arrives in June.
When you’ve recovered from the cuteness overdose induced by those pint-sized Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman Family figures, Funko and Vinyl Sugar have another fix waiting: the new line of Classic Marvel Dorbz.
Debuting in August, the 3-inch vinyl figures capture Marvel heroes and villains, ranging from Spider-Man to Mystique and Scarlet Witch to Iron Man, all in their classic comic book costumes. Hence the name “Classic Marvel Dorbz.”
Amid the seemingly endless parade of Avengers: Age of Ultron tie-ins, one very important release — perhaps the most important — has largely slipped beneath the radar (well, mine, in any case): Deadpool’s Chimichanga Truck from Funko’s Pop! Vinyl Rides line.
Showcased in February at Toy Fair 2015, the truck — emblazoned with a “Deadpool’s Chimichangas” logo — comes complete with a removable 3 3/4-inch Deadpool figure that holds a sword in one hand, and grips a delicious chimichanga in the other.
Add one more figure to Funko’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Pop! Vinyl series: the Scarlet Witch.
Arriving in August, long after most of the others have debuted, Wanda joins a lineup that so far features Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Ultron, The Vision, Hawkeye and Black Widow, plus the Marvel Collector Corps-exclusive Hulkbuster.
Now we’re only waiting for Quicksilver, who seems to be taking his time for once …
Arrow, Black Canary, the Dark Archer, Deathstroke, Flash, Reverse Flash and Captain Cold are among several characters from the shows that can be found in this ReAction figure lineup, which models its look on the popular action figure format from the ’80s and ’90s.
On the teeny-tiny heels of those Guardians of the Galaxy figures, Funko and Vinyl Sugar have announced a Batman Dorbz series that manages to make even Killer Croc look cuddly.
Set for release in July, the series of 3-inch vinyl figures also boasts Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Harley Quinn and the Penguin, all sporting that irresistible smile. The Joker is curiously absent, but maybe he’ll pop up in a later wave.
If ever there were an appropriately named toy line, it’s the pint-sized Guardians of the Galaxy Dorbz series from Funko and Vinyl Sugar. Dorbz!
Showcased last month at Toy Fair and now available for preorder, the collection of 3-inch vinyl figures not only includes the team from Marvel’s 2014 blockbuster — Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Groot, Drax and Star-Lord, with and without mask — but also Ronan, Nebula, Korath, The Collector and Yondu (who resembles Sam the Snowman from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). That’s a refreshingly broad lineup, even without Thanos or, say, Nova Prime (come on, who doesn’t want a Glenn Close collectible figure?).
Despite some initial concerns among fans, it turns out that Funko will release a Black Widow figure as part of its previously announced Avengers: Age of Ultron Pop! Vinyl series.
Arriving in May, with new batons in hand, Natasha joins Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Vision and Ultron (plus the Hulkbuster offered exclusively through the new Marvel Collector Corps). There’s still no sign of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, however.
Marvel has had a lengthy relationship with toy company Funko, and now the two partnered for something new: Marvel Collector Corps, characterized as a first-of-its kind subscription box service for exclusive Marvel collectibles, apparel and accessories.
The debut box, which ships in April, will feature items from Avengers: Age of Ultron, including an exclusive 6-inch Iron Man Hulkbuster Pop! vinyl figure (below), a T-shirt sporting one of four exclusive designs, another stylized vinyl figure and two premium accessories.
On the heels of a leak that some speculate could be a savage spoiler for Marvel’s Avengers sequel, Funko has officially released its lineup of merchandise for Age of Ultron that features just about all of the central characters … except Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
The new Pop Vinyl! figures includes Ultron, The Vision and Hawkeye, plus new versions of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk, while the Mystery Minis boast new fewer than four variations of Iron Man, in addition to Black Widow, Nick Fury, The Vision, et al. But, yeah, no Quicksilver or Scarlet Witch.
If all supervillains were as adorable as the ones in the next wave of Funko’s Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Pop! Vinyl figures, we wouldn’t mind the mayhem and destruction as much.
Arriving in March, the Bobble-Heads include 3.75-inch versions of Yondu, Ronan, Nebula and The Collector, plus a 6-inch tall Thanos Super-Sized Pop! Vinyl figure. Because, y’know, he’s the Mad Titan.
They join Funko’s previously announced Guardians figures: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket Racoon, Dancing Baby Groot and Howard the Duck.